Fantasy Historical Love

The Serpent Bride

By K. V. Johansen
Dec 24, 2018 · 5,144 words · 19 minutes

One of the lovely critters that live in my garden.

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From the author: Benedikte, transformed to a snake by her brother and his nurse, walks in the dreams of knights to find the one who can break her curse.


A Little Foreword ...

These forays into the art of the literary fairy tale were originally published by Thistledown Press in 1998 as The Serpent Bride and Other Stories From Medieval Danish Ballads. They were inspired by the ballad collections and translations of Axel Olrik, E.M. Smith-Dampier, and R.C. Alexander Prior, all of which ultimately owe their existence to the work of Svend Grundtvig. They’re quite different from my usual writing for adults: light, romantic, and influenced far more...

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